Norris Fumes at FIA: “I Don’t Deserve Three Points on My Licence for This”

Published 06/06/2021, 4:03 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


McLaren’s Lando Norris won’t be getting the start he wanted at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The 21- year-old failed to follow orders when the session was red-flagged and was hence served a three-place grid penalty, in addition to three points on his license. However, Norris defended himself, stating the stewards taking into consideration how little time drivers have to react.

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The Briton made into the final round of qualifying on Saturday was looking to set his car on P6 for Sunday’s race. However, when the session got red-flagged, Norris stayed out and failed to return to the grid. Hence, he will start from P9 instead of P6.

Lando Norris feels the stewards should have a different perspective

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As quoted by Autosport, Norris said, “For certain situations they should think what it’s like to be in the driver’s seat for a second. And what they have to react to at the speed they’re doing, and the time you have to react to things, and so on.”

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix || REUTERS

He added, “I think a reprimand or something is the right thing to do. But [also] to have a bit more understanding in some areas, and be able to overrule the actual ruling itself. And have a bit of a rethink on what’s actually really fair for the driver, or the team, whatever went wrong.

“I didn’t put anyone in harm’s way. If anything, I took the safer option out of boxing or not boxing. And that makes it even worse, I don’t deserve three points on my licence for this. I didn’t do anything dangerous,” Norris concluded.

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How did McLaren perform on Saturday’s qualifying session?

The Woking-based team have seen better days, but yesterday’s quali wasn’t one of them. The team will have to have put on a stellar performance around the streets of Baku to salvage their weekend.

Both drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Norris got out of Q1. But their problems began in the second round, as Ricciardo crashed his car in turn 3 of the track, and will now start his race from 13th place. Norris, who got himself into Q3, will face a grid penalty for not following red flags and will start from ninth.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during qualifying REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

The papaya team has a lot of work to do for Sunday’s race and will look to earn as many points as possible. They currently sit in third place in the constructor’s standings will look to hold on to that, and maybe even get ahead.

What are your predictions for the team this race? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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